The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has been charged to plead with the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, over the crisis in the party.
A chieftain of the party in Delta State, James Onwordi Endurance made this call in a statement released on Thursday.
He noted that despite the vice presidential candidate, Ifeanyi Okowa emerging from his state, the party still needs Governor Wike to win in the 2023 elections.
According to Onwordi, the main opposition party is divided because Wike is not ready to declare support for Atiku.
He further stated that the former Vice President should have met Wike to resolve the issues in the party, he, however, said it’s not too late.
The statement reads, “The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike is not a push over and he is not an ordinary politician but a politician with the support of his people.
“The PDP as a party needs Wike to win the 2023 general election.
“We all saw the strengths of Wike during the PDP Presidential primaries and we can testify to the fact that Wike is loved by the majority of Nigerians which means he can easily influence votes for the PDP, not just in his state but in the country as a whole.
“Wike has every reason to be furious because the PDP has shown a lackadaisical attitude toward Wike.
“As a party chieftain that has contested for election and lost, I feel his pains.
“I am aware of the political calculations ahead of the 2023 general election.
“At the moment, PDP can’t afford to overlook Governor Wike’s support and political strengths and that is why I am calling the party leadership to meet with Wike as soon as possible so Wike can fully support the party ahead of the 2023 general election.
“The Vice Presidential Candidate Governor Ifeanyi Okowa is a competent and reliable politician just like Wike.”
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